Text: The King will reply “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the  least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me”                   (Matt. 25:40 NIV)

            God is concerned not only with our spiritual well-being but also with our material needs as well. And he has so ordered everything that those who have the material blessings of this world. Be a blessing to those who do not have (Galatians 6:2). The Lord Jesus Christ taught this responsibility not only by precept but also by example (Mark 10:45; Luke 22:27; John 13:14) the Bible tells us that be (Jesus) went about doing good (Acts 10:38) touching people’s lives. The Gospel appointed for today-Matthew. 25:31-46, remind us of this important Christian responsibility which we often neglect due to our selfishness.

Our profession of the Christian faith requires that we treat everyone we come across as if he or she is Jesus Christ. Doing so is an evidence of the depth of our belief and commitment to what we profess. The various simple acts of mercy enumerated in the passage are such that anyone can do. Doing them does not require enormous wealth, status and ability. All that is needed for these simple acts of mercy to be done is compassion. Just as we are shown compassion by God, so also we must extend it to others.

Uncaring attitude to those in need is not a Christian attitude. It does more damage to the gospel. Our individual ministry as Christians begins with sharing whatever God has blessed us with. This includes sharing material things as well as the gospel (Galatians 6: 17-19) we should always remember that all that we possess come from God, and we are just stewards of the resources given to us which we will account for on the day of judgment “(1Corithians. 4:7; Matthew: 25: 14-28). Giving to meet the needs of the needy is highly valued by God (Hebrew. 13:16) and he has rewards for those who do not close their eyes against the needy. Among the rewards are:

(1) God delivers and protects those who care for the needy in time of their own  distress (Psalm 41:1-3)

(2) They are blessed abundantly by God as it is more blessed to give than receive  (Acts. 20:35)

(3) It helps in laying good treasures in heaven as a firm foundation for the coming age (1Timothy. 6:19)

As we ruminate over the theme appointed for this Sunday- “Serving Others”, it beholves us to examine ourselves as regards serving others. Are we not more concerned about our comfort only without any regard for the needs of others? What is the level of our caring towards others? It is never too late to make amendment if we have not been showing concern to the needy. Let us begin to serve one another with the blessing God has blessed us in order not only to put smile on their faces, but also that we may have treasures laid in heaven.

Let us not become weary in doing good

For at the proper time we we will reap a

Harvest if we do not give up.

Therefore, as we have opportunity,

Let us do good to all people

Especially to those of the family of believers

(Galatians 6:6-10)

 

Very Revd Dr. Adewale Adebiyi

The Provost

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